Tobacco harvest will affected in the summer in Santander.
Galvis Ramirez and Co. S.A, Vanguardia.com., Monday July 13, 2015, Colombia.
The dry season currently living Colombia will embarrass many of the country’s tobacco growers, they are worried because sense a drop in production, the fact is that the rain was very low and temperatures very high and a in short cycle crops incidence summer very strong to have few recovery time. Burley, will be most affected in Santander, as there will be a significant drop in the collection of tobacco leaf in this department. Only 15% of the leaf growers in Santander have the ability to irrigate their crops, Since approximately 10 years are working on the implementation of a program of irrigation in tobacco areas. Annually 100 water reservoirs are built using drip irrigation in order to make a rational use of water.
The dark tobacco is sown in Los Montes de Maria is one of the most affected by water shortages, climate phenomenon very accentuated in the Caribbean region. The strong summer that exists in several agricultural areas of Santander and much of Colombia is affecting production in several short-cycle crops, ie those whose planting and harvesting does not last more than 120 days.
This is the case of tobacco, according to Heliodoro Castillo Campos, manager of the National Federation of Tobacco Growers, Fedetabaco, production for lack of water will decrease. It is uncertain how much production will fall, but what is certain is that it will be seriously affected, as in the tobacco regions was very little rain in the short-cycle crops incidence is very strong summer be few recovery time.
In Garcia Rovira, a tobacco center of Santander, the rains came every two weeks. It is a long time without water, with the aggravating circumstance that very high temperatures and strong sunshine were taken, “he added. And as if that were not enough, there were areas where it appeared a heavy rains, but accompanied by hail, indeed irregular in that region. In the case of Curití, a hailstorm destroyed the 100% crop of more than 50 producers.
Campos Castillo said burley tobacco, which are sown after Easter, will be most affected in Santander. The collection is 60%, but the first data obtained by Fedetabaco show that there will be a significant drop in the collection of tobacco leaf in this department.
Drop to drop.
According Fedetabaco statistics, only 15% of that leaf growers in Santander have the possibility of irrigation for their crops, from about 10 years ago, Fedetabaco and the Government of Santander working on the implementation of a program of irrigation areas tobacco. Annually 100 water reservoirs are built, but in this period only was irrigated two time, because the lack of rain is not allowed to fill 100%. It works with drip irrigation in order to make a rational use of water, but this semester of 2015 there was to do that.